Which House Plants Are Dangerous For Puppies?

Puppies are very curious and inquisitive animals, always sniffing, licking, and touching everything they see. This curiosity and interest in the world around them is one of the endearing traits that we love about dogs, of course, but it does come at a price; they often encounter things they shouldn’t put in their mouth or eat.

In one of my recent blogs, I talked about puppy-proofing your home for this very reason. A home with fewer things that can hurt a puppy is essential when adopting one so that they don’t eat or chew something that could be toxic or peasant a choking hazard. It’s critical that, before you bring your new puppy home, you remove or otherwise reduce the risk some items present.

One of the most significant risks for a puppy in the typical home is plants, some of which can be highly toxic for puppies and cause severe health problems and even death. As a new puppy parent, it’s up to you to prevent your puppy from having access to these plants and, if necessary, remove them from your home entirely. It also begs the question; which house plants are dangerous for puppies?

The answer is that several plants are dangerous for puppies. Many of them are houseplants that humans love, bringing life and fresh air into their homes and apartments. Aloe vera, for example, daffodils, and tomato plants too. Elephant ears, while gorgeous, are highly toxic for puppies.

Some plants are more harmful than others, but all of them should be removed or at least moved out of reach of your precious puppy. That way, you will significantly reduce the risk of your puppy getting sick or hurt.

Below I’ll tell you more about which houseplants are dangerous for puppies since I’m betting you’d like to know which ones they are. I’ll also tell you which plants are safe for your pupper so that you can still have lovely plants around your home. If that’s the information you wanted today, please read on.

Houseplants that are Dangerous for your Puppy

Below I’ve got a list of houseplants that are popular in many American homes but, for one reason or another, are toxic for your precious puppy. Moving or removing them is essential before you bring your pup home.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is a prevalent plant thanks to its soothing, natural gel. Unfortunately, the outer part of the plant is very toxic for puppies who decide to chew on it, causing vomiting and diarrhea. 

Ivy

This climbing vine plant looks beautiful but contains toxins that can hurt your pup. They’re called saponins and, if eaten, can give your puppy a terrible tummy ache. They will also drool excessively, vomit, and typically have diarrhea.

Jade

It’s tough to kill one of these small rubber plants, but they can certainly harm your puppy. Scientists don’t know exactly why, but jade slows down a puppy’s heart rate and can cause vomiting. Surprisingly, jade is also known to cause depression in dogs.

Dieffenbachia

This attractive and very common houseplant can cause all sorts of nasty problems for your puppy, including severe burning of their tongue after being chewed. That’s because of the calcium oxalate crystals in the plant’s leaves, which can also cause difficulty breathing and, in severe cases, death.

Sago Palm

These exotic plants are primarily in southern states like South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Texas, and Louisiana. The problem; every part of this pretty plant is toxic for puppies (cats, too). The toxin can cause a range of issues, not the least of which is liver failure.

Elephant Ear (Caladium)

With massive leaves that resemble, you guessed it, an elephant’s ear, this common yard plant is hard to miss. The problem; like Dieffenbachia, elephant ear plants have calcium oxalate crystals that can burn your puppy’s mouth and tongue, cause difficulty breathing, and, in very rare cases, cause death from asphyxiation.

Corn Plant (Dracaena Fragrans)

Corn plants are very popular with delicate leaves that add life to any home. Like Ivy, however, they also contain saponins that can cause your puppy several health problems, including depression.

Peace Lilly

Elegant and minimalistic, Peace Lillies are very popular across the country. Like Elephant Ear and Dieffenbachia, Peace Lillies also contain calcium oxalate crystals, which we now know can cause severe burns in your pup’s mouth and tongue. 

Chinese Evergreen

Another plant that contains calcium oxalate crystals, the Chinese Evergreen, looks beautiful but can be deadly for puppies. At the very least, they’ll suffer for a few days with vomiting, pain, and burns, so do be careful with these lovely but dangerous plants.

Philodendron

Popular due to its being low maintenance, philodendrons also have calcium oxalate crystals that, as we’ve seen repeatedly today, are very unhealthy for your precious puppy. 

What Houseplants are Puppy-Safe

If you’re worried that you won’t be able to have plants anymore because of your new puppy, don’t. There are quite a few plants that are safe for puppies, many of which are gorgeous and easy to care for. Some of the best include:

  • Haworthia- Similar to Jade without the risk.
  • Swedish Ivey- Looks great, no risk.
  • Christmas Cactus- Similar to Jade but non-toxic, Christmas Cacti also have exquisite, red flowers.
  • Prayer Plant- Extremely easy to care for.
  • Areca Palm- Big, beautiful, and, if cared for well, long-lived.
  • Spider Plant- Easy to care for and hard to kill; these look great in hanging pots.
  • Parlor Palm- A fantastic design element in the home as it rarely changes its size.
  • Cast Iron Plant- Low light plant with beautiful, dark green leaves.
  • Money Tree- Money-bringing properties or not, this plant looks lovely and is puppy safe.
  • Boston Fern- Indirect light and high humidity are the favorites of this puppy-friendly plant.

Puppy Poisoning Emergency Advice

Even if you’ve diligently puppy-proofed your home and removed all the plants we talked about today, it’s always a good idea to be prepared in case your pupper eats or chews on one accidentally, outside, etc. Below are a few of the items, people, and numbers you should have handy when you adopt a puppy, including:

  • A pet first aid kit. You can make one yourself or purchase one.
  • You veterinarian’s phone number.
  • The phone number of a local, 24/7 emergency pet clinic.
  • The number for the Pet Poison Helpline. (855) 764-7661
  • The ASPCA Poison Control Center phone number. (888) 426-4435

How to Keep Your Puppy Out of Your House Plants

There are a few things you can do if you want to keep all your plants after you’ve adopted a puppy. Frankly, however, it’s safest to remove them from your home altogether. Again, however, if that’s not possible or not something you’re willing to do, the following tips can help:

  • Keep plants off the floor and out of reach of your puppy. Plant hangers are the best choice.
  • Use repellent sprays on plants to keep them from chewing the leaves. However, keep in mind that the chemicals in some repellent sprays can be just as harmful as the plant itself.
  • Pay close attention to your puppy when around plants or in the yard.
  • Use sound and motion-activated triggers to spray water when your puppy goes near the plants. These are primarily for use outside as the water could cause a huge mess inside.

Final Thoughts

Which house plants are dangerous for puppies? As we’ve seen, there are a few of them, many of which are very popular. From daffodils to aloe vera, jade, Ivy, and more, many of these plants will give your puppy a horrible tummy ache as well as cause them to vomit and have diarrhea, so keeping them out of reach is essential.

I hope today’s blog was enlightening and helpful and answered your questions about which house plants are dangerous for puppies. If you have more questions or want to learn more about safely raising a puppy, please see my many other blogs on the subject!